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Khattar govt faces no-confidence motion on farm issue
Chandigarh, March 10, 2021
In less than one and a half year, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP coalition government in Haryana on Wednesday was put on test on the issue of the three Central farm laws, with the main opposition Congress moving a no-confidence motion in the Assembly.
Moving the motion, Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanded inclusion of 250 farmers killed during the farmers' agitation in the obituary references of the Assembly.
Describing the government as a minority, Hooda said that in the 2019 Assembly elections the BJP had failed to get the majority. The BJP formed the government with the support of the JJP (Jannayak Janta Party), which had sought votes in the election against the BJP.
"The Chief Minister is behaving like Nero when Rome was burning. The same thing is happening in Haryana," he said.
"The situation was bad to the extent that Khattar could not go to Panipat to unfurl tricolour on Republic Day and instead went to neighbouring Panchkula to escape farmers' wrath," Hooda said.
He demanded secret voting on the no-confidence motion, which was rejected by Speaker Gian Chand Gupta.
However, a confident Khattar told the media before the House assembled that the motion against the government would be defeated.
Political observers told IANS that the no-trust motion is a calculated move to embarrass the JJP, the crucial post-electoral coalition partner with the BJP-led government, which is supporting the saffron party despite claiming to be an outfit of a rural Jat-centric party with the farmers as its core vote bank.
The JJP has also been facing criticism within the party, too, for not walking out of the alliance on the issue of farmers and "clinging to power".
In an alliance, the JJP had extended support to the BJP, which won 40 seats in the Assembly polls in 2019, six short of the majority mark.
Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said that the no-confidence motion against the government was crucial.
In a video message, he said: "Residents of the state should protest in front of the residences of legislators, who have been supporting the state government. They should warn the leaders that they would face social and political boycott if they continued to support the laws."
The current strength of the 90-member Assembly is 88 members with the resignation of INLD's Abhay Chautala and disqualification of Congress' Pradeep Chaudhary after he was sentenced to three years of imprisonment.
The BJP-JJP alliance has a majority with 50 legislators.